Moving swiftly to get up and running at full speed, Congressman Tom Perriello announced today that Ridge Schuyler will serve as his District Director. Schuyler will oversee the District offices and staff for Perriello.
A native of Orange County and a graduate of UVA School of Law, Schuyler served as chief-of-staff for U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher in Virginia’s 9th District; he then served for eight years as legislative director for U.S. Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia, where he drafted legislation to modify the federal tobacco program to help Virginia farmers. Most recently, he was director of the Piedmont program of the Nature Conservancy in Charlottesville, where he has played a key role in water-supply issues in the region. He is married and has two sons.
He will serve as the primary representative for Perriello when Perriello himself cannot be in the district. Today, he will be kicking off a week-long tour, meeting with every county administrator and city manager in the district about their projects and priorities for the upcoming economic recovery package.
Schuyler joins Chief-of-Staff Lise Clavel, Press Secretary Jessica Barba, Charlottesville Office Manager Esther Page, Beth Elliott - Legislative Director, Leg. Assistant Logan Ferree, and Counsel Ericke Cage.
“He’s a catch,” said Jessica Barba, Perriello’s press secretary. “He knows the district and he knows Congress.”
Perriello said, “My staff is here to serve the people of the 5th district. Our team has the right mix of experience in the district and on Capitol Hill, and we are ready to serve". In particular, I’m excited that Ridge Schuyler will be my district director; his extensive experience in Washington as well as with agricultural and rural development issues in Virginia will be a great asset for constituents.”
Perriello added that his staff reflects his, "strong commitment to hiring people from the 5th district."